The Lewis watch had seemed to cool over the past few months, but Tully has her on the record that she’ll be making a decision over the next few weeks.
|Council President Maggie Lewis|
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As far as candidates for Mayor go, Lewis shatters the mold. We’ve never had a major party candidate win the nomination for Mayor like her, and she has the record to back it up.
Some might use her seat on the Capital Improvement Board against her, but she has done a good job as City-County Council President, overall. She’s been able to strike a few deals across the aisle and keep her caucus somewhat in line. That’s not always easy to do. I’ve heard former Marion County Democratic Party Chair Ed Treacy say that herding Democrats is like herding cats. He’s exactly correct. It’s not easy. While Lewis is still young, she is currently serving as one of Mayor Greg Ballard’s most visible foils, but she has managed to disagree at times with the Mayor with a great deal of class and without appearing too disagreeable.
Suddenly, the once empty field is getting crowded. Frank Short is in the race, and Dan Parker is overdue to let us know his intentions. We know Ed Delaney may be deciding soon. Lewis now adds her name to the shortlist. Should she run, she will be a tough out for the others. She combines experience, name recognition, and that something different many D's are looking for in their 2015 candidate.